My praise bag
This is my gunny bag of unexpected, unsolicited kind words.
On a dull day I savor any or all of these strings of words. Sometimes I just read one, sometimes, two…
- I’d wish you great success and even more for being a woman who writes her mind.
- “As much as a prolific writer that you are, you are also an immaculate speaker with flawless flow, fiery too, way to go! stay tuned!!”
- “For you dear one Rumi’s Gamble Everything for Love (beware of mean-spirited road houses!). You are young, beautiful, spiritually and intellectually gifted. One of my students from Turkey gave me something to protect against the evil eye. I wish I had it with me to give to you.”
- “Thanks Rochelle for that prompt reply. I have now read the “”sample page”” that IWP puts out and I must say I am blown. In those public forums like Caferati or TGS one does not get a true feel of talent. But from what I recall (my memory too is erratic) of your writing then to now it is like a mature pod burst and the beans spilled out. Very impressive particularly since you transcend country and culture and go straight into the sudden surprises in language and thought that makes the reader stop and reread and wonder in awe. You will go far. I will send you one of my stories shortly as soon as I find the link.”
- “Hie Rochelle! Have been meaning to write to you. I happened to get to red your poems in your book. I absolutely am a big fan of yours now! One poem I particularly loved is ‘Last Laugh’ that’s the kind of writing I read for. I am so not able to articulate how much I have liked that one.”
- “Rochelle has developed a strong individual voice, has acquired a good grasp of plotting, delineates nuanced characters and often tells a very interesting and almost always an off- beat tale. Fantasy and magic realism are her forte. Her poems are strong in their imagery and in their native flavour.”
- She is a dedicated writer, hardworking and very committed to improving her craft. She thinks deeply about her writing and works diligently to make it shine. She is open to sincere and intelligent feedback. As a fellow writer, she is also very committed to giving honest and well-thought feedback when sought and is very aware of the rules of giving constructive feedback. It is always a pleasure to read her work and always an advantage to receive a critical response to one’s work from her.
- “I presented a gynocritical reading of poem Skirt today at Mumbai University. It was a presentation I delivered as part of my Pre-Ph.D. course and our prof. Dr. Shobha Ghosh loved it. Your poem Skirt!! She asked me to share the name of the poem and the poetry collection as well as the name of the poet with the entire batch when I told her that not only Skirt, but many more poems form the collection manage to create similar magic. Luckily, I was carrying your book and my batch mates skimmed through various poems many of them have loved your style and the way you touch upon difficult themes with great ease”
- “I found the use of language on your blog very interesting. It’s very smooth, lucid and leaves one with a sweet aftertaste( bittersweet yes). A friend of mine, actually suggested about your blog to me. And since I always look on various ways to improve my literary abilities, I found your blog rather invigorating.”
- “Acting, motivational speaker, Jennifer Lawrence looks, pied Piper of the kids, workshop tycoon. Hay bun, Hay bun the list goes on. Haan waise tum sexy shark ho. I always knew you would be a big player in future :* Aur Abhi toh future aya bhi nahi. Nah. You are a lambi race ka Lamborghini. Not even ghoda. A shark in a dolphin suit.”
- I absolutely loved your story. Your characters are profoundly interesting and the story is so touching! Reminded of Arundati’s writing. Every word, sentence is so well thought out and written. You will be the greatest writer of all times. You are perfect in looks, conscience and outlook in life!. Happy Feast (Nuvem)!
- Thoroughly enjoyed reading the story, Rochelle. This so reflects our fast-paced lives.. keep delighting us with more of such good writing…
- Which is why I say, Rochelle’s stories are extraordinary – they are about the day to day happenings in and around us, which we tend to overlook, but meet them in the face, once we read her stories. The pathos of life in an achievement driven world, are far reaching and may have very dire results in human relationships. The truth is brought out very skillfully in this short story. Absolutely beautiful!! Quite engaging and soulful! Keep up the good work Rochelle.
- What a pleasure to meet such a wonderful young writer last night. The evening was magical. Dan and I were both so impressed with your lovely, lyrical prose. Death’s memoir was especially moving—so clever and wonderfully paced and filled with the ache of human striving. You are the real deal, my dear. Much, much luck to you, and safe travels!
- That his father thinks that you are a very good poet. (i.e. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, said by a friend known to Palash.)